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This blog is to highlight the unjust persecution of legitimate non-TV users at the hands of TV Licensing. These people do not require a licence and are entitled to live without the unnecessary stress and inconvenience caused by TV Licensing's correspondence and employees.

If you use equipment to receive live broadcast TV programmes, or to watch or download on-demand programmes via the BBC iPlayer, then the law requires you to have a licence and we encourage you to buy one.

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Sunday, 11 March 2018

BBC Radio Star Investigated Over Child Sex Allegations

Yet another BBC personality is being investigated by police over historic allegations of child sex abuse.

The (thus far) unnamed BBC radio presenter is accused of child sex offences in the late 1990s. The complainant, who has been interviewed by officers working on Operation Winter Key, came forward towards the end of last year. It is not known if the alleged perpetrator has been interviewed, or if he is even aware the police are taking an interest in him. Similarly, it is not known if the BBC is aware of the allegations (although it probably is now).

It probably won't be too long until his name comes to the fore, so keep your eyes peeled and your ears open!

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Saturday, 10 March 2018

BBC Trials New TV Licence Payment Terms

The Government has allowed the BBC to trial a new system of monthly TV licence fee payments.

Under current arrangements anyone buying their first TV licence by monthly Direct Debit has to make double payments for the first six months. After these six monthly payments the customer is effectively six months in credit and paying towards their next TV licence. The customer cannot claim a refund of that six months credit until they cancel their TV licence. As the number of cancellations is very low, it is estimated that the BBC has benefited to the tune of £1bn as a result of the flawed system. Furthermore, as most well off customers can afford to pay the £150.50 TV licence fee in full, the system penalises those less well off customers choosing to split the cost monthly.

Monthly Direct Debit customers selected for the trial system, which begins on 1st April 2018, will pay one twelfth of the £150.50 fee each month. As a result they will not be paying six months in advance and their account will not end up six months in credit. Initially the trial will only be open to certain groups of customers, including those nominated by debt advice charities.

The trial payment plan will help manage the cost of living for those who might struggle to pay the licence fee, and was one of the key recommendations from the 2015 independent review on TV licence fee enforcement carried out by David Perry QC. He recommended that the Government should make available simple and flexible payment plans for those facing difficulty in paying the TV licence fee.

Culture Secretary Matt Hancock said: "The licence fee enables the BBC to produce fantastic programmes that we want everyone to enjoy and be entertained and informed by. But we know that sometimes households may struggle to pay the licence fee, which is why we’ve worked with the BBC to develop a simpler and more flexible payment plan to help those on low incomes."

It is expected that simplifying the payment plans will have the added benefit of reducing the amount of prosecutions for TV licence evasion. There were 159,637 convictions for evasion in 2016 and the BBC estimates that 6-7% households currently evade the fee.

Pipa Doubtfire, the BBC's Head of Revenue Management, said: "The BBC has worked with DCMS on the best way to implement David Perry QC's recommendation and we welcome Government legislation enabling us to run the Simple Payment Plan trial, which has been designed to help those most in need."

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Friday, 9 March 2018

Communisis Secures TV Licensing Threatogram Contract

Digital communications firm Communisis has secured a six year extension to its TV Licensing contract.

The BBC has just renewed Proximity's contract to provide TV Licensing marketing and printing services. Proximity has sub-contracted Communisis to undertake TV Licensing printing duties since 2011. Communisis prints and distributes around 55 million TV Licensing letters per year. It also sends around 15 million TV Licensing emails.

Communisis chief executive Andy Blundell said: "Communisis is delighted to have confirmed this contract with Proximity and to have been entrusted to provide these vital communication services to the BBC and TV Licensing. Looking forward; formats and the way in which end customers prefer to receive information, will continue to evolve and we are ready to respond through our strategy for Digital First."

Last year Communisis came in for criticism after printing and distributing hundreds of TV Licensing envelopes without the correct postage paid markings on them. The recipients were invited to pay a £2 Royal Mail surcharge for the privilege of being threatened by TV Licensing.

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